Sunday, December 29, 2013

Eggnog French Toast

Holiday season calls for festive flavors with lots of winter spices. One of the first winter drinks that comes to mind for me is eggnog! Yes, it's a great drink to enjoy during winter, but it is also a great way to make a sauce! This french toast is a filling, delicious winter breakfast that is simple and quick!

Eggnog French Toast (Makes 2 Servings)
Eggnog Anglaise
4 Yolks
1/2 cup Milk
4 tbsp Sugar
1 tsp Corn Starch
1 tbsp Whiskey

1. Heat milk with half of the sugar to a boil.
2. Mix yolks, corn starch and remaining sugar together until completely incorporated.
3. When milk is boiling, slowly add to the eggs, whisking constantly.
4. Pour the mixture back into the pot and mix until it thickens.
5. Pour into a clean bowl through a fine sieve to ensure that curdled pieces do not get through.
6. Add whiskey and mix. If you would like a stronger whiskey flavor, add more.
7. Cool the anglaise over a ice bath by placing the bowl into a bigger bowl filled with ice and a little cold water. 

Winter Spice French Toast
6 Hawaiian Rolls
1 Egg
1/4 cup Milk
Pinch Nutmeg
Pinch Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Salt
1 tbsp Sugar
Fresh Berries
Whipped Cream

1. Slice the crust off of the rolls, then slice the rolls in half to make them thinner.
2. Whisk remaining ingredients together until completely incorporated.
3. Heat a frying pan and add oil or butter to prevent the bread from sticking.
4. Dip the bread on each side in the egg mixture, then place onto the frying pan.
5. Flip when golden.
6. Remove from heat when both sides are golden brown. Then, arrange the pieces of toast onto a plate.
7. Top with fresh berries, whipped cream, and eggnog anglaise.

I took the remaining eggnog anglaise and made some ice cream. If you make a bigger batch of anglaise, just spin it in an ice cream machine, according to the manufacturer's directions. Allow the ice cream to harden in the freezer for at least 3 hours after churning. This creates a smoother, fuller texture.

I think brunch is such a wonderful time. There's something special about making brunch for your friends and enjoying the late breakfast/early lunch. The french toast is an inexpensive, delicious, and simple brunch that boasts elegance, flavor, and class. Make some for your friends and family this holiday season!

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